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The Best Draft Picks by the Pittsburgh Steelers

April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded in 1933 and are the AFC's oldest team and the NFL's fifth-oldest. The Steelers share the record for most Super Bowl appearances with the Dallas Cowboys, with eight, and won their last championship in 2009. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls in total. They are known for being a tough football team and historically playing tenacious defense. The best draft picks by the Pittsburgh Steelers are Mel Blount, Jack Lambert and Joe Greene.

No. 3: Mel Blount, CB, (1970 - 1983)

Mel Blount was part of the reason why the Steelers were so dominant in the 1970s. Pick No. 53 of the 1970 draft, Mel Blount could easily adjust in coverage, play with toughness and quickness, and there was no questioning his speed. Mel Blount exceled in a period when the rules started to favor wide receivers, but it was always best if you stayed away from throwing to his side of the field. He was simply ferocious: He possessed the mental ability to read the game and then punish you with his physical play. A Mel Blount could not exist in the NFL we have today, as he was the kind of tackler who epitomized the expression "He tore people's heads off." The five-time Pro Bowler was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 1975 and is a four-time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XII, XIV).

No. 2: Jack Lambert, LB, (1974 - 1984)

Jack Lambert is one of the most, if not the most, feared tacklers to ever play in the NFL. The 46th pick of the 1974 draft was thought to be undersized for the position of linebacker, but he proved doubters wrong and carried his team to four Super Bowl wins. He won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1974 and went on to help the Steelers win their first Super Bowl (IX). Lambert knew how to intimidate opposing players and knew even better how to hit hard and aggressively. He started at middle linebacker (MLB) for 10 seasons, and he averaged 146 tackles in each season. Throughout his career he amassed 1,479 tackles, 23.5 sacks and 28 interceptions, while also appearing in nine Pro Bowls.

No. 1: Joe Greene, DL, (1969-1981)

Joe Greene defined what the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s were all about: rough and tough football. It is because of players like him that the Steelers have a defensive reputation that still lives on today. Joe Greene was no ordinary football player, he was one of the meanest players one will ever see - hence his nickname, "Mean Joe" Greene. He led the franchise to four Super Bowl victories. The 10- time Pro Bowler is probably the best defensive player the NFL has ever seen and the '70s Steelers' defense was built around him. The fourth overall pick of the 1969 NFL draft was strong and explosive and required opposing teams to double- and triple-team him. His aggression was immense, his temper uncontrollable and he just would not be stopped. He finished his career with the Steelers with 78.5 sacks.

As with many of his Pittsburgh peers from the 1970s, you will not come across a forceful player such as Joe Greene in today's game. He would be paying fines and getting suspended instead of starring on the field. His physical play was more than insane, but he had an unquestioned love and passion for the game. The man who led what is known as "Steel Curtain Defense" set the standard for other players to carry. That is why Joe Greene is the best player drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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